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August 30, 2010

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A Guide to the Last Ten Days

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Okay, I’m just putting up the remaining information so I had to think of a fancy title.]

Here we go:

1) Actions Specific to the Last Ten of Ramadan

Check out this article. Here’s another translation of this article.

Two points:

a) The Sunan that they are both referring to (about bathing between Maghrib and Isha) has been discussed here. There seems to be a dispute over its authenticity of this narration.

b) Women are NOT allowed to wear perfumes in front of non-Mahram men and especially not when going to the masjid.

Please read the following two fatwas (read the ahadeeth carefully):

http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/102329

http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/7850

2) Innovations During the Last Ten Days

Check out this article.

3) Laylatul Qadr and the dua to be said therein

Please read this (it seems to be a compilation of many articles. Unfortunately, they didn’t credit the authors!).

Also, here’s a nice article on the meaning of the famous dua that is said during Laylatul Qadr.

4) Tips for Qiyam Al-Layl in these last 10 nights

a) If you aren’t going to the masjid, then try to pray with a mushaf.

Why? So that you can lengthen your prayers.

b) For those going to the masjids, please don’t waste time.

I) By not staying silent in rukoo and sujood.

You can repeat the rukoo (bowing) duas. If all you know is “Subhana Rabi Al-Adheem”, then keep saying that until the Imam raises his head.

Scholars differed over whether you can do dua in a language other than Arabic  in sujood (prostration).

Many of the fatwas that I checked said yes. Someone asked my Imam and he said “What can you do if you don’t know Arabic?” That seems quite obvious especially as we are closest to Allah at this time.

However, if you take the opinion that you cannot do dua in a language other than Arabic, fine. Just keep repeating whatever duas you know until the Imam raises his head.

II) By not staying silent in between the prayers or by chatting.

Try to just do as much adkhar (remembrance) as you can. Say “Subhan Allah”, “Alhamdulillah”, “Astaghfirullah”, etc. Don’t just sit there and stare at the carpet.

III) If you go to the masjid early, then take your mushaf with you.

You can read some Quran while you wait for the prayer to start.

c) If the Imam is giving a lecture and you don’t understand what he’s saying (because it’s in Arabic), then please don’t use this time to catch up with your old friends.

Those of us who CAN understand Arabic would like to listen to the Imam. [This happens every year in my masjid.]

d) Please don’t go to the masjid with a sulky face. Take your smiley face with you.

Smiley face + Kind words = Is from the Sunnah + May cause someone to pray FOR you.

Sulky face + Rude words = Is NOT from the Sunnah + May cause someone to pray AGAINST you.

Brothers and Sisters, knowing the fiqh of prayer is not sufficient to be a righteous person. Having good manners is required as well.

I’ll put up some resources for itikaf in another post, insha-Allah.

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. saabikoon
    Aug 20 2011

    assalamu alaikum dear sister!!!! jazakallah khair for the sharings!!! subahanallah! there is so much we can do and here we think oh what can i do or what more can i do! subahanallah!

    just a question sister…..with regards to holding the mushaf in salaah….we can do so in qiyaam that is right? and also say we are holding it and reciting from it, once we finish and we do our rukuh and then go down for sujoodh is it ok to leave the mushaf on the ground next to us or is it disrespectful……? im unsure as to what to do….

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  2. umm abdullah
    Aug 21 2011

    sabikoon….. you can check out the answer on this site…http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/95753/

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  3. saabikoon
    Aug 22 2011

    jazakallah khair @umm abdullah! alhamdulillah! its true sometimes we do tend to get a bit paranoid about these things and make it too difficult on ourselves! subahanallah!

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